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Health, United States, 2019

In 2018, non-Hispanic black children were more likely to have asthma than Hispanic, non-Hispanic white, and non-Hispanic Asian children under 18 years.
Childhood asthma

In 2018, non-Hispanic black children were more likely to have asthma than Hispanic, non-Hispanic white, and non-Hispanic Asian children under 18 years.

Current asthma among children under 18 years decreased from 2008 to 2018.
Childhood asthma

Current asthma among children under 18 years decreased from 2008 to 2018.

The percentage of adults who currently smoked cigarettes decreased from 20.6% in 2008 to 13.9% in 2018.
Cigarette smoking

The percentage of adults who currently smoked cigarettes decreased from 20.6% in 2008 to 13.9% in 2018.

In 2019, the number of dentists per 100,000 U.S. residents was lowest in Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi.
Dentists

In 2019, the number of dentists per 100,000 U.S. residents was lowest in Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

In 2018, males were more than twice as likely as females to die of a drug overdose.
Drug overdose deaths

In 2018, males were more than twice as likely as females to die of a drug overdose.

In 2018, women were more likely than men to have an ED visit in the past 12 months.
Emergency department

In 2018, women were more likely than men to have an ED visit in the past 12 months.

Death rates for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S., decreased from 2008 to 2018.
Heart disease deaths

Death rates for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S., decreased from 2008 to 2018.

In 2018, 49% of teenage boys and 54% of teenage girls had up-to-date HPV vaccination coverage.
HPV vaccination

In 2018, 49% of teenage boys and 54% of teenage girls had up-to-date HPV vaccination coverage.

Hypertension among adults aged 20 and over increased from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 after decreasing for over a decade.
Hypertension

Hypertension among adults aged 20 and over increased from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 after decreasing for over a decade.

The older you are, the more likely you are to have hypertension.
Hypertension

The older you are, the more likely you are to have hypertension.

Infant mortality rates decreased from 6.61 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2008 to 5.67 in 2018.
Infant mortality

Infant mortality rates decreased from 6.61 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2008 to 5.67 in 2018.

In 2018, heart disease and cancer were the top two leading causes of death in the U.S.
Leading causes of death

In 2018, heart disease and cancer were the top two leading causes of death in the U.S.

Life expectancy at birth for females increased from 2017 to 2018 after decreasing from its peak in 2014.
Female life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth for females increased from 2017 to 2018 after decreasing from its peak in 2014.

Life expectancy at birth for males increased from 2017 to 2018 after decreasing from 2014 to 2017.
Male life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth for males increased from 2017 to 2018 after decreasing from 2014 to 2017.

In 2018, 69.4% of women aged 40-74 had a mammogram in the past two years.
Mammography

In 2018, 69.4% of women aged 40-74 had a mammogram in the past two years.

Maternal mortality was higher among non-Hispanic black women than among non-Hispanic white and Hispanic women in 2018.
Maternal mortality

Maternal mortality was higher among non-Hispanic black women than among non-Hispanic white and Hispanic women in 2018.

In 2018, the number of physicians in patient care per 100,000 U.S. residents was highest in D.C., Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
Physicians

In 2018, the number of physicians in patient care per 100,000 U.S. residents was highest in D.C., Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

In 2018, personal health care spending in the U.S. totaled $3.08 trillion - a 4.1% increase from 2017.
Personal health care spending

In 2018, personal health care spending in the U.S. totaled $3.08 trillion - a 4.1% increase from 2017.

There was a record number of new chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis cases in 2018 - nearly 2.4 million new cases in total.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

There was a record number of new chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis cases in 2018 - nearly 2.4 million new cases in total.

In 2017-2018, approximately 1 out of 8 (12.1%) children and adolescents aged 5-19 had untreated cavities.
Untreated cavities

In 2017-2018, approximately 1 out of 8 (12.1%) children and adolescents aged 5-19 had untreated cavities.

From 2008 to 2018, the teen birth rate decreased from 40.2 to 17.4 live births per 1,000 females aged 15-19.
Teen births

From 2008 to 2018, the teen birth rate decreased from 40.2 to 17.4 live births per 1,000 females aged 15-19.

Health, United States, 2018

The percentage of children aged 19-35 months who received the combined 7-vaccine series increased between 2010 and 2017.
Childhood vaccinations

The percentage of children aged 19-35 months who received the combined 7-vaccine series increased between 2010 and 2017.

Coverage for the combined 7-vaccine series among children aged 19-35 months varied by insurance status in 2017.
Childhood vaccinations

Coverage for the combined 7-vaccine series among children aged 19-35 months varied by insurance status in 2017.

In 2017, over half (53.9%) of adults aged 35 and over had at least one alcoholic drink in the past month.
Alcohol use

In 2017, over half (53.9%) of adults aged 35 and over had at least one alcoholic drink in the past month.

In 2015-2016, about 2 in 11 children and adolescents aged 2-19 were obese.
Childhood obesity

In 2015-2016, about 2 in 11 children and adolescents aged 2-19 were obese.

The percentage of children and adolescents with untreated cavities was lower in 2013-2016 than in 1999-2002.
Untreated cavities

The percentage of children and adolescents with untreated cavities was lower in 2013-2016 than in 1999-2002.

There were 61 dentists per 100,000 U.S. residents in 2017 - up from 58 per 100,000 in 2007.
Dentists

There were 61 dentists per 100,000 U.S. residents in 2017 - up from 58 per 100,000 in 2007.

In 2017, the number of dentists per 100,000 U.S. residents was lowest in Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi.
Dentists

In 2017, the number of dentists per 100,000 U.S. residents was lowest in Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

The older you are, the more likely you are to have diabetes.
Diabetes

The older you are, the more likely you are to have diabetes.

E-cigarettes are the most-used tobacco product among students in grades 9-12. In 2018, 1 in 5 currently used an e-cigarette.
E-cigarette use

E-cigarettes are the most-used tobacco product among students in grades 9-12. In 2018, 1 in 5 currently used an e-cigarette.

In 2017, U.S. health spending reached $3.49 trillion - up from $3.36 trillion in 2016.
Health care spending

In 2017, U.S. health spending reached $3.49 trillion - up from $3.36 trillion in 2016.

Infant mortality rates decreased from 67.5 in 2007 to 5.79 in 2017.
Infant mortality

Infant mortality rates decreased from 67.5 in 2007 to 5.79 in 2017.

Life expectancy at birth for females decreased in 2015 and remained at 81.1 years from 2015 to 2017.
Female life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth for females decreased in 2015 and remained at 81.1 years from 2015 to 2017.

Life expectancy at birth for males decreased each year since 2014.
Male life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth for males decreased each year since 2014.

Home health care was the most-used long-term care service among adults aged 65 and over in 2015-2016.
Long-term care

Home health care was the most-used long-term care service among adults aged 65 and over in 2015-2016.

In 2013-2016, 16% of average daily calories consumed by U.S. adults were from protein, 35% were from fat, and 47% were from carbs.
Nutrition

In 2013-2016, 16% of average daily calories consumed by U.S. adults were from protein, 35% were from fat, and 47% were from carbs.

In 2015-2016, 1 in 8 people (12.5%) used five or more prescription drugs in the past 30 days.
Prescription drug use

In 2015-2016, 1 in 8 people (12.5%) used five or more prescription drugs in the past 30 days.

Older adults were more likely to use at least one prescription drug in the past 30 days than younger adults.
Prescription drug use

Older adults were more likely to use at least one prescription drug in the past 30 days than younger adults.

There was a record number of new chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis cases in 2017.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

There was a record number of new chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis cases in 2017.

Spotlight Infographics

The Health, United States Spotlight is an infographic series that explores topics of public health importance using data from the Health, United States annual report. Spotlights are published throughout the year and feature the most current data available at the time of publication. Consistent with the annual report, the Spotlight focuses on trends over time and features data from both NCHS and non-NCHS (government or private) sources. Health, United States data cover four subject areas: health status and determinants, utilization of health resources, health care resources, and health care expenditures and payers.

Includes data on heart disease deaths, respondent-reported heart disease prevalence, and four heart disease risk factors: hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and high total cholesterol

Includes data on heart disease deaths, respondent-reported heart disease prevalence, and four heart disease risk factors: hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and high total cholesterol

Includes data on teen births, tobacco use, suicides, and obesity

Includes data on teen births, tobacco use, suicides, and obesity

Includes data on access to needed care, supply of dentists, and flu vaccination coverage

Includes data on access to needed care, supply of dentists, and flu vaccination coverage

Includes data on Medicaid coverage, Medicare managed care, and prescription drug spending

Includes data on Medicaid coverage, Medicare managed care, and prescription drug spending

Includes data on causes of death, diabetes, substance use, and asthma & allergies

Includes data on causes of death, diabetes, substance use, and asthma & allergies

Includes data on cigarette smoking, nursing homes, emergency department visits, and health insurance coverage

Includes data on cigarette smoking, nursing homes, emergency department visits, and health insurance coverage

Methodology

Where possible, changes over time and differences across groups are tested for statistical significance. Differences were assessed for statistical significance using statistical testing methods recommended by the individual data systems. Statistical significance is assessed at the 0.05 level without correction for multiple comparisons.

To describe differences across groups, terms such as “similar” and “no difference” are used to indicate that the estimates being compared were not found to be significantly different, while terms such as “higher” or “lower” indicate that a significant difference was detected. Lack of comment regarding the difference between estimates does not necessarily mean that differences were tested and found not to be significant.

To describe trends, terms such as “stable” and “no clear trend” are used to indicate that the slope of the segment was not statistically different from 0, while terms such as “increased” and “decreased” indicate that a significant slope was detected. Since the 2018 publication of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Guidelines for Analysis of Trends, the Health, United States infographics have adhered to these guidelines in order to analyze trends from NCHS complex sample surveys and the National Vital Statistics System.

Page last reviewed: August 12, 2022